Radiology Tests: The Backbone to Radiology

Radiology tests refer to the studies conducted for making images (pictures) of internal organs of human body. Such tests utilize different forms of energy including magnetic fields, sound waves, x-rays or radioactive particles which traverse the human body. Here, the changes in energy patterns are visualized using special devices that change these patterns into images. Moreover, the images depict normal as well as abnormal functionality of human body.

Different kinds of radiology tests are:

a)    Computed Tomography Scan
b)    Magnetic Resonance Imaging
c)    Radiographic Studies (Contrast studies and normal x-rays)
d)    Angiography
e)    Intravenous Pyelography (IVP)
f)     Barium enema (Lower GI series)
g)    Barium swallow (Upper GI series)
h)    Lymphangiography
i)     Mammography
j)     Computer-aided detection and diagnosis (CAD)
k)    Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
l)     Radionuclide scans
m)   Ultrasound
n)    Nuclear scans

These tests are utilized for treatment of cancer in several ways:

    Cancer-Screening: Detection of cancer during its initial stages. E.g.: Mammogram.
    Detecting a lump or mass if symptoms are present. Moreover, the root cause behind the symptoms can also be detected.
    Enable in predicting if a tumor could possibly take the form of a cancer.
    Demonstrate the exact location of a tumor, even if it is entrenched within the body.
    Facilitate in finding the exact stage of any cancer.
    Could be utilized for planning the course of treatment.
    Help in determining the progress of an ongoing treatment for cancer.

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